A spectacular itinerary with a great view from the most aerial of ledges in the Brenta Dolomites. A dream hike for thrill seekers looking for altitude, cliff faces, and stunning panoramas.
The Bocchette Centrali via ferrata heads into the untamed heart of the Brenta Dolomites beneath majestic spires including Brenta Alta, Campanil Basso, Alto, Torre di Brenta, and Crozzon. This panoramic itinerary is a celebration of high-altitude cliff faces and runs along exposed ledges (at altitudes of between 2,500m/8,200’ and 2,800m/9,185’) that call for a good head for heights.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful and most thrilling of the Brenta Dolomite trails featuring panoramas you won’t find anywhere else. The via ferrata itself takes about 4 hours, but you will need to take account of the round trip to get to the trail (about 4-7 hours) when calculating the total time of your outing.
The itinerary can be done either clockwise (from Rifugio Alimonta to Bocca di Brenta) or counter-clockwise (from Rifugio Pedrotti to Bocca di Brenta to Rifugio Alimonta), the latter of which features better lighting conditions. The route is well equipped with iron cabling and rungs, but is recommended for expert, physically fit mountaineers due to length, exposure, and technical difficulty.
Outlets: none. Include pickaxes and crampons in your gear if the trail is expected to still be snowy or icy. Start out early and take liquids.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips, hints and links
To get to Rifugio Alimonta (normally you will want to book the day before taking on the via ferrata):
- from Vallesinella by way of trails 317 and 318 to Rifugio Brentei and then to Rifugio Alimonta by way of trail 323 (3-4 hours);
- from Rifugio Tuckett by way of the SOSAT or Bocchette Alte via ferrata.
The trail can be done in the opposite direction by starting from Rifugio Tosa Pedrotti, which can be reached on foot from Vallesinella by way of Rifugio Brentei in about 3-4 hours.
ParkingAmple paid parking is available in Vallesinella, although access is restricted (check summer schedule and pricing online).
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- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)